At my Dunkin today the line was out the door. I’d guess maybe 12 people in line ahead of me but the line moves pretty quickly so I was going to wait. Exactly 2 people ahead of me was a man and a pregnant woman and their 2 year old kid. I have no idea if he was 2 but he could walk and seemed somewhat coherent. When the line is out the door you expect the people already in line to do their best making room so people don’t have to wait outside. This couple showed no understanding of this simple courtesy and the kid was running wild and the gap between them and the person in front could fit a 747. I was on the shoulders of the woman in front of me.
The couple ordered their kid a doughnut and he was incredibly happy. The man was waiting for his egg and cheese croissant while I was waiting for my cinnamon raisin bagel. I was completely up against the wall and the kid was standing next to his dad. When his dad said it was time to leave the kid is holding his doughnut and walking directly in front of me. I was seriously curious how developed this kid’s motor skills were and how he was going to make the turn out the door.
As you can see from the picture, I was completely still as he was making his turn. Well wouldn’t you know, he clipped my shoe and fell straight to the ground with his doughnut flying right out the open exit door and onto the cement. I was looking straight ahead because this experiment did not involve me to do anything but stand. Once I looked down I saw this kid face down, crying, and I started cracking up. I wasn’t sure if I should have helped him up or what but I was hysterical. I started to feel bad for a split second and then started thinking that the world evens itself out. If you don’t let people wait inside, your kid is going to trip.